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Should your Product manager be the Product Owner

In some larger organizations, you may find that these two roles are split. And although I heavily disagree with this decision, they aren’t technically wrong. Truth is the founders of Scrum didn’t explicitly say that the Product Owner is the Product Manager. If they had, the role of a Product Owner wouldn’t be so ambiguous. Nonetheless….[…]

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Being a UX team of one: Understanding your strengths & weaknesses

View more presentations from vince baskerville I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Sydney, NSW Australia recently for the WebDU 2012 conference and had an amazing time! The abstract Small UX teams have unique challenges. Knowing how to deal with having fewer resources and possibly feeling creative isolation, or worse organizational ignorance and/or hostility. This[…]

Do relationships have a place in startups?

I believe so.. or better, I know they do. Working to work smarter Although it is indeed true that you will need to breath almost everything you have into your new company, and especially in its early stages, the reality is, just because you’re in the chair and staring at the computer all day doesn’t[…]

Are entrepreneurs crazy, or just really—really passionate?

  What is an entrepreneur? To be clear when I say entrepreneurs, I’m not talking about small business owners. They are two different species. A small business owner could technically call themselves entrepreneurs, however the objectives and views tend to differ between the two. An example would be that a small business owner could just[…]

Does your startup need a Product Manager?

What is Product Management? As defined by Wikipedia: Product management is an organizational life-cycle function within a company dealing with the planning, forecasting, or marketing of a product or products at all stages of the product life-cycle. The role consists of Product development and product marketing, which are different (yet complementary) efforts, with the objective[…]

Eight startup UX tips

Wireframes, site maps, flow diagrams, mockups, etc are all traditional documents that many people expect to receive from UX-ers in quantity while usually maintaining a high quality on aesthetics; however within startups, user experience practitioners need to be a-part of the team making the actual product and getting out of the deliverable’s business. Process and[…]

What Dexter teaches us about startups

In the awesome TV show Dexter Harry Morgan, a Detective, adopts a son, Dexter, who later becomes a textbook psychopath in which Harry then decided to teach the wayward Dexter how to manage his illness by a set of specific rules. While the show has its ‘only in Hollywood’ moments it’s a soon to be[…]

Cloud Out Loud Podcast via Engine Yard

[ Posted originally @ http://www.engineyard.com/podcast/s01e44-vince-baskerville ] I was given the honor for being apart of the Cloud Out Loud podcast seriers from Engine Yard. For a bit under 20 minutes Chris Tosswill and I discussed what TripLingo is and what I do there, why I love mobile development, my longstanding passion for data driven design, and[…]